Monday, July 20, 2009

A Better Potter

The new Harry Potter Movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is the best entry in the series in a long time. Like Alfonso Cuaron's incomparably staggering execution of the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), here is an occasion for beauty - beauty sublime and sometimes bemused. Jim Broadbent is beyond superlatives in a supporting sketch, and the young cast by now has taken that decisive leap into puberty when uniforms fit in a very different way. Director David Yates has affectionately doled sexual tension into the folds of the otherwise apocalyptic drama, so that The Half-Blood Prince thuds and storms relentlessly with deatheaters and heartbreakers. It's the best kind of lead-in Warner Brothers could have hoped for before the plunge into the two-part finale.


Aditya said...

Am a huge potter fan (who really liked the first 4 films) and can confidently say this film was astoundingly stolid. Ridiculous that we're stuck with Yates for the 2 part finale.

Sumit said...

Somehow the Potter films have always left me a little cold. No different with this one. I waslooking forward to this as it was my favourite of the books, but there is absolutely nothing that it offers the viewer.

Anonymous said...

Hahahaha. You are hilarious. I liked the 6th movie best after CuarĂ³n's, too. My roommates like the first and second. What plebes, amirite?